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Pardew praises fearless City

Alan Pardew admitted that Newcastle United were 'asking for trouble' with the way they played in a 4-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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Carlos Tevez opened the scoring for City late in the first half and David Silva and Vincent Kompany also got in on the act, before a James Perch own goal completed the rout.

City look destined to finish second in the table and Pardew believes their situation means they will be formidable opponents for the rest of the season.

However, the Newcastle manager also recognised that his players were below their best as they slumped to a heavy defeat which leaves them just three points above the relegation zone.

"It looked like they weren't under any pressure, you could almost sense it," Pardew told Sky Sports.

"They were very relaxed and that is very dangerous when you have great players like they have, playing without any fear.

"But having said that, in the first half we didn't put enough pressure on them or technically keep the ball as well as we have done in previous games.

"Therefore you are asking for trouble, and we certainly got that today."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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